What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

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mxbf
KVRist
115 posts since 30 Mar, 2019

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:16 pm

I saw the "super synth" thread and "best sounding synth" thread. Sure, Reaktor and Falcon are the most versatile tools and Diva sounds the best...

But what I'm curious is what synth people actually use the most in real productions they do

As of late, I'd say U-He Hive is my most used synth. Used to be FM8 and Massive. It's kind of my FM8 replacement because just like NI's classic software synthesizer, Hive is low CPU and sounds great. It's fast to dial in new sounds, has a good sequencing capabilities, and ultimately is aesthetically pleasing on the eye just like NI's stuff. You can plop 20 instances of it down easily so it's a no brainer to throw it in when for sounds when you don't want to overload the CPU. I think it also actually sounds better than Zebra despite being supposedly lower CPU and less "flagship."

SamDi
KVRist
45 posts since 27 Apr, 2018

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:08 pm

I use Serum the most. Still one of if not the best OSC editor. Unfortunately the standard filters (not the extended ones) are medium-class. It's 8 versatile LFOs and mod matrix are still unreached for me to sculpt out ideas.

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wagtunes
KVRAF
18167 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:11 pm

I don't use synths that much. Most of my music is piano, bass, drums, guitars and orchestral instruments. But when I do use synths, these are the ones I reach for most often.

Omnisphere 2
Dune 3
Synthmaster 2
Legend
Diva
Zebra 2

There are some specialty synths that I use for certain genres, like M-Tron Pro for prog rock and PolyM for 80s. But with all the synths I own, there are relatively very few I use anymore.

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Dirtgrain
KVRist
499 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:21 pm

Zebra 2 (Diva a close second), but I don't have a ton of synths (besides free ones, I have MSF, Biotek, Harmor, Serum, and the Glitchmachines stuff). But a lot depends on the kind of music people are making.

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teilo
KVRist
427 posts since 30 Mar, 2008

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:29 pm

Lately, mostly Rapid.

I have WAY too many synths. As an exercise, I'd like to do my own OSC, and do a track using only one synth (except for drums) with each of the major synths I own. If nothing else, it might precipitate a big sell-off (who am I kidding).

Here's my current list, not counting free synths. Almost everything was purchased on sale, over many years, but still...

Collections:
Arturia V 7
NI Komplete 12 Ultimate — Collector's Edition
Steinberg Absolute V3 (Halion, Padshop 2, etc.)
All TAL synths
All U-He synths
Melda MCompleteBundle (MSoundFactory and MPowerSynth)
Reason 11 Studio Edition

Individuals:
Aparillo
BioTek 2
Diversion
DS Thorn
Dune 3
Fabfilter One
Fabfilter Twin 2
Fathom
Kilohearts One
The Legend
ME80 v2
Xils miniSyn-X
OP-X Pro II
Phase Plant
Pigments
Poly-Ana
Rapid
Serum
Spire
Synthmaster 1
Synthmaster 2
Xils Sin-X 2
Xils PolyKB III
Ultra Analog VA-3
VacuumPro
Voltage Modular
VPS Avenger
Xils 3.2
Xils 4
Plus a couple of rack extensions for Reason:
Korg Mono/Poly
Blackpole Station
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U-he all | Melda all | TAL synths | Komplete 12 Ult. Coll. | Arturia V 7 | Fabfilter Pro all | Rapid | countless others

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layzer
KVRAF
6714 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:49 pm

The old M1 vst somehow always makes it into my tunes for one thing or another
HW SYNTHS [KORG T2EX - AKAI AX80 - YAMAHA SY77 - ENSONIQ VFX]
HW MODULES [OBi M1000 - ROLAND MKS-50 - ROLAND JV880 - KURZ 1000PX]
SW [CHARLATAN - OBXD - OXE - ELEKTRO - MICROTERA - M1 - SURGE - RMiV]
DAW [ENERGY XT2/1U RACK WINXP / MAUDIO 1010LT PCI]

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an-electric-heart
KVRAF
2013 posts since 13 Jun, 2008 from Napier,New Zealand

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:06 pm

I'm an FL guy, so Sytrus mostly, but also Diva and Rapture. I recently got Syntronik and it's been getting a fair bit of use. I don't understand synthesizers, I'm a preset guy, so Syntronik's been really good for me.

EnGee
KVRAF
5855 posts since 7 Oct, 2005

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:12 pm

Used to be FM7/8, Absynth 2-5 and Wavestation, then Massive and Blofeld, but recently I'm using several (RePro, Legend, Massive X, Razor, Form, Super 8 and Reaktor blocks), but still FM8 is used, so I think it must be FM8 after all.

V0RT3X
KVRAF
8120 posts since 4 Jul, 2012 from Alesia

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:38 pm

I keep finding myself using TAL-Sampler quite a bit for most of my Lo-fi stuff.

Actually... I find myself running Tal-Sampler through Wavesfactory Cassette quite a bit.

It's tough choosing sometimes. I own the entire U-he lineup, Arturia V Collection 7, Komplete 12, All the TAL stuff, Reason 11, Fxpansion Strobe2, Serum, Cypher2, Waldorf Edition2, Largo, PPG Wave 2, and quite a bit more so trying to find a favourite is hard.

I like each one for their own workflow or sound.

I often find myself using Hive2 a lot though, something special about that one.

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ATS
KVRAF
6522 posts since 21 Dec, 2002 from MD USA

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:00 pm

I always use quite a few Tone2 synths in my songs. Couldn't live without them.
my music: https://www.soundclick.com/alexcooper
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ATS
KVRAF
6522 posts since 21 Dec, 2002 from MD USA

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:01 pm

an-electric-heart wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:06 pm
I'm an FL guy, so Sytrus mostly, but also Diva and Rapture. I recently got Syntronik and it's been getting a fair bit of use. I don't understand synthesizers, I'm a preset guy, so Syntronik's been really good for me.

Syntronik is amazing. I don't understand why it doesn't seem to get much attention on here.
my music: https://www.soundclick.com/alexcooper
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls ~ Pablo Picasso

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an-electric-heart
KVRAF
2013 posts since 13 Jun, 2008 from Napier,New Zealand

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:11 pm

ATS wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:01 pm
an-electric-heart wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:06 pm
I'm an FL guy, so Sytrus mostly, but also Diva and Rapture. I recently got Syntronik and it's been getting a fair bit of use. I don't understand synthesizers, I'm a preset guy, so Syntronik's been really good for me.

Syntronik is amazing. I don't understand why it doesn't seem to get much attention on here.
For sure! I find it pretty hard on the cpu, so I can't use it for every synth in a song, but one or two, then the quieter/less important elements can just be Cytrus... because Cytrus is super light on cpu.

intermissionnexus
KVRer
23 posts since 15 Feb, 2017

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:17 pm

I find myself reaching for Omnisphere 2 for just about everything in many of my tracks. If I need some random percussive pattern or hit or long drone sound its the first thing I go to. I think Sylenth1 is a close second, but with the sheer scope of sonic possibilities in Omni it's usually my go to.

AnX
KVRAF
6159 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:26 pm

Dune 3 in every single one

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LeVzi
KVRAF
2232 posts since 8 Jul, 2008 from UK

Re: What synth do you actually USE the most in your own music????

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:46 pm

Electra2 and Sylenth. With mentions to Saurus 2 , Raw , and Retrologue 2
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